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Suggestions for Further Reading

Daniélou, Alain. Kenneth F. Hurry, trans. A Brief History of India. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2003.

Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. New York: Modern Library, 2001.

Keay, John. India: A History. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.

Martel, Yann. The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 1993.

———. Self. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 1996.

———. We Ate the Children Last. Edinburgh: Canongate Books, 2004.

Noss, David S. A History of the World’s Religions. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002.

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Symbolism of The Algae Island

by davidtoc, December 30, 2012

Quick summary:

Pi's lifeboat = faith
Island = Religion
Sea and Sun = harsh realities of real life, scrutinizing your faith
Trees = clergy/priests/rabbis/imams, etc.
Meerkats = followers of religion

The overall message of the chapter is that although religion (organized faith) can aid us and stabilize us and nourish us spiritually in the short term, it is not a viable long-term answer to our spiritual questions, and will ultimately kill us mentally and spiritually.

Pi discovers the island when "


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Overview: The Question

by MitziDadford, May 29, 2013

Pi, who is named for an irrational idea that is used to pose and solve scientific whims, presents two parallel stories--he describes as one's perception of the world--to explain his survival on the Pacific for a remarkable 227 days. This is itself a momentous reflection of one's theological beliefs. This novel promises to make one believe in God, and it does. The animal story, with its far-fetched aspects, is much more difficult for the investigators to believe than the human story, as Pi says clearly annoyed, they want a story they already ... Read more


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Essay Topics

by jas777g, June 04, 2013

Truth vs. Fact
Will to survive

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